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Smithsonian Magazine: Will Genome Sequencing Make Us Smarter About Dealing With Diseases in Our Genes, Or Just More Anxious?

There was a time when parents of newborns were perfectly content to know only a few basic things about their babies: their height, their weight, their apgar score, and which side of the family should get the credit for making the kid so adorable.

...Not long ago, NIH announced a $25 million, five-year study of the potential benefits and consequences of sequencing the genome of every newborn baby in the U.S. It's a venture that involves researchers from a number of different universities and hospitals, including Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

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Source: Smithsonian Magazine